New i7 build...basic motherboard?

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February 5, 2009 at 13:11:30
Specs: Windows XP, Q6600//2GB
I'm planning on building a new system with the X58 chipset i7 platform, likely with a 920 cpu. I've done my research for a MB, but they're very expensive and most have features I don't need/want. Specifically, I don't need crossfire or SLI, I'll likely be running a single ATI 4870 video card. I'm leaning to a $234 MSI Platinum SLI, but like I said, I don't need SLI. Anyone know of a high quality, reliable MB without a lot of bells and whistles...I'm not going to be over clocking either. I'll also be using three sticks of 1333 DDR 3.

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February 5, 2009 at 14:00:25
There's no way you're gonna get away cheaply. If you're willing to build an i7 system in the 1st place, I can't see how the cost of a board is gonna kill your plan.

The 920 will set you back close to $300 & as for the board, the only ones currently available are based on the X58 & they're ALL fairly expensive. That's to be expected with bleeding edge hardware. The cheapest I saw at Newegg was a Gigabyte for $185 after rebate. And RAM will cost you at least $100 for a 6GB triple channel kit (IMO, a 3GB triple channel kit would be a waste of money). However, to take advantage of the 6GB, you'd need to run a 64-bit OS.

So you'd be looking at approx $575 just for the board/CPU/RAM, then you gotta tack on the video card & whatever else you may need to complete the build. Since you already have a Q6600 system, why build a Core i7 at this point in time? Bragging rights?

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February 6, 2009 at 09:53:46
Your're killin' me JAM. No, not bragging rights, my wife wants her own computer so I'm using the excuse to build myself a new one. And the issue isn't money, I obviously can afford it, its just I don't like to waste it on something with all kinds of extra crap I don't need. I want stability, I don't need SLI/CF, I don't need a bunch of overclocking features. Like I said, unless someone can recommend something more basic, I'm buying the MSI Platinum SLI.

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